Bunions can interfere with our daily lives and be ascetically unpleasant. Our providers are trained in cutting edge Minimal Incision/Minimally invasive Bunion Surgery
What is a Bunion
A bunion is seen as an enlargement or “bump” on the inside of the foot near the big toe. Often, the big toe will turn and begin to point toward the second toe. A bunion usually forms when the first metatarsal, one of the long bones of the foot moves away from the other metatarsals. The problem is often aggravated by narrow shoes, and a callus often forms on the side and underneath the bone and on the side of the big toe.
- Wearing poorly fitting shoes such as narrow shoes, high heels, short shoes, and flat shoes.
- Genetic predisposition
- Neurological and muscles conditions
- Inflammation and swelling
- Limited movement on the affected toe
- Foot deformation
How To Diagnose
Bunions usually develop slowly over time. You will start to notice a bump forming at the base of the toe. Our doctors can diagnose a bunion by x-ray and examining the foot.
When to Seek Treatment for
We recommend seeing a provider at Laser Foot Surgery Centers if you have ongoing pain and the bunion becomes bothersome.
- Supportive footwear or custom orthotics. At Laser Foot Surgery Centers we use an innovative method called a VFAS procedure to fit orthotics that can be taken home the same day.
- Applying ice to help with pain and inflammation
- Cortisone injections and oral medications may help
- Surgery may be needed if conservative treatments fail.
The corrective procedure most often performed at the Laser Foot Surgery Center is minimal incision bunion surgery.
An incision approximately 1/8 inch in length is made over the “neck” of the first metatarsal bone and using a tiny drill, a small cut is made across the bone enabling the doctor to reposition the top 1/3 of the bone to a straight position.
Also, the area of the metatarsal bone where the bump was located is smoothed down. It is also necessary in most cases to “lengthen” one or more of the tendons (muscle attachments) to the big toe. In case of severe bunions, it may also be necessary to make a second cut in the bone of the big toe to further straighten that toe.
Benefits of Minimal Incision Bunion Surgery
- Patient able to walk after surgery
- Decreased pain and swelling
- Increased range of motion at the joint
- Faster recovery
The bunion can be corrected right in the office.
The patient feels more comfortable being in a familiar environment and don’t have to show up hours before surgery. Patients receive light sedation and local anesthesia is administered. The procedure lasts 30-45 mins. This saves patients thousands of dollars by avoiding unnecessary expensive hospital bills.
Patients can walk right after surgery but it is usually necessary to wear a post-surgical shoe for 3 to 4 weeks. We recommend wearing a surgical shoe for 3 to 4 weeks after the surgery.